New travel restrictions related to the Omicron variant – US Embassy in Tokyo (November 29, 2021)

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Place: Japan
Date: November 29, 2021


On November 29, 2021, the government of Japan announced enhanced quarantine measures in response to the advent of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. From November 30, 2021 at 00:00, the entry of new non-resident foreigners (including students on educational trips) is suspended.

Travelers who have permission to enter Japan will be required to be quarantined at home, in a private residence, or in a hotel for 14 days, subject to approval by the Government of Japan. Previous plans to reduce the quarantine period to three or 10 days have been suspended.

Currently, U.S. travelers are not subject to enhanced quarantine measures that require newcomers to be quarantined at a location designated by the Japanese government. Travelers coming from various South African countries will now have to be quarantined for 10 days at a Japanese government facility. Rules related to quarantine requirements may change frequently and with little notice. Travelers should check local news resources as well as the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare before traveling.

The total number of travelers allowed to enter Japan will increase from 5,000 to 3,000 as of December 1, 2021.

The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens who consider traveling to Japan to carefully review the available information from the Government of Japan.

The ability of the U.S. Embassy to intervene on behalf of travelers who are denied boarding at their point of embarkation or who are denied entry on arrival in Japan is extremely limited, and passengers who are denied entry to Japanese ports of entry are likely to be reimbursed immediately on return flights to the United States. .

For questions about the Japanese government’s travel restrictions, visit the section of the Foreign Ministry’s website entitled “Gradual measures to resume cross-border travel” and “Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) “.


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